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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching (PGDipSLT)


1.   Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching must have qualified for
  (a)   the award of a bachelors degree in linguistics, or education, or a language subject, or English language, or a discipline relevant to the teaching of English language, or a diploma of teaching with a language teaching focus, or
  (b)   the award of a bachelors degree in another discipline together with a minimum of 700 hours attested language teaching experience, or
  (c)   a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent.
2.   In exceptional circumstances, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 1 of these regulations may be accepted into the PGDipSLT programme provided that they have produced other evidence which satisfies the Academic Board that they have adequate training and ability to proceed to the diploma programme, on such terms as the Academic Board may prescribe with respect to any qualifying papers or additional work which must be completed either prior to admission or concurrently.
3.   Every candidate for admission to the diploma programme must be accepted by the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.
4.   Every candidate for the diploma shall be enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and shall
  (a)   follow to the satisfaction of the Academic Board a programme of study in the area of second language teaching of normally not less than one year of full-time study or of normally not more than a total of three years of part-time study
  (b)   complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board such class work, practical work, assignments, tests, reports and oral and written examinations as may be prescribed for any paper taken for the diploma
  (c)   achieve a pass in all of the required papers.
5.   The personal programme of study of each candidate shall require the approval of the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, who will take into account the candidate‚Äôs previous studies.
6.   The papers for the diploma and their prescriptions are defined under Applied Linguistics in the Calendar of the University of Waikato.
7.   Every candidate must gain 120 points in accordance with the schedule in the Calendar.
8.   On the recommendation of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Board of Examiners, the diploma may be awarded with Distinction.
9.   Notwithstanding anything in these regulations, if it is deemed appropriate in individual cases, the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences may approve on behalf of the Academic Board a programme of study other than that prescribed in section 6 of these regulations.

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